Devotion: Monday, October 1, 2018

Welcome to “Word from the Center” MONDAY, a devotional word about the Center of our faith, Jesus Christ, and reflections from His Word. I’m Gregory Seltz. Today’s verse is from Romans 15:4, where the Bible says,

“For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.’’

A Word to Encourage You Today!

Each Monday and Friday, you receive from the LCRL a “Word from the Center.” On Monday, it’s a devotional, encouraging word from the Bible. On Friday, it’s more like a “Two-Kingdom” Op-ed piece, commenting on an issue of the day, demonstrating the unique way of putting Jesus’ call to “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s” to work in our culture (Matthew 22:21). In so doing, it seeks to put our “temporal liberties to work in service to the eternal liberties of Christ.” But why do Monday AND Friday? Why not just the Two-Kingdom opinion page, or more news from the Capitol? Why a devotion too?

Well, I’m glad you asked. One of our missions in DC is to be an encouraging presence. Even though it’s important to know what God is doing to preserve our communities, our country, and even the world, that’s not His ultimate encouraging work. The ultimate encouragement, “the peace of God that passes all understanding” (Philippians 4:7), doesn’t come from our efforts, our works, or our policies, it comes through the person and work of Jesus Christ alone, delivered through His means of Grace, especially His Word, the Bible. We at the LCRL lead with the Devotional—saving—encouraging Word on Monday, even as we share wisdom based upon God’s preserving Word on Friday. It’s a both/and thing!

So, like Paul reminds us, BE ENCOURAGED today because the One who created and redeemed the Universe, sacrificed all so that you and I could live now and forever with Him. So BE ENCOURAGED today, because even though things may not look like “all is well,” God himself is at work in the world in two distinct ways to preserve and ultimately to save. And, finally, BE FURTHER ENCOURAGED by the very Words of the One who lived, died, and rose again for you. When you read His Word, you begin to realize that this Word is different. It’s powerful; it’s eternal; it strengthens us in ways no other words can. And, that’s so important. Often in places like Washington D.C., one realizes pretty quickly how few people keep their word or offer an encouraging word that holds. That’s why we start you off every Monday with an encouraging word from the Bible that empowers each of us to persevere through the week, even as it instills a hopefulness that lasts. Be encouraged today then, not because I said so, but because the Lord of the universe has you in His loving care and has a Word just for you. Bank on it and look for it, every Monday, right here!

PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for your word, your promises, your grace, and your mercy which provide an encouragement that lasts. Help us to go first to your Word in all we do. AMEN.